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Date-rape nail polish syndrome: Give practical advice to women, and you’re “blaming victims”

September 7, 2014

My latest blog post for the Los Angeles Times:

The most bizarre extension of the date-rape nail polish syndrome, though, is the outpouring of feminist Twitter-fury over comedian Ricky Gervais’s tweet about the hacking of iCloud-stored nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and other Hollywood females: “Celebrities, make it harder for hackers to get nude pics of you from your computer by not putting nude pics of yourself on the computer.” One Twitter user wrote, “In case you missed his hastily deleted tweet, here is Ricky Gervais blaming the violation of a woman’s body on her.” “Girls” star Lena Dunham tweeted, “The ‘don’t take naked pics if you don’t want them online’ argument is the ‘she was wearing a short skirt’ of the web.”

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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2 Comments
  1. Heidi permalink

    Odd. I, too, have my doubts about the effectiveness of this polish–you’d have to wear and use it every time you were in a vulnerable situation, and if you got yourself into a situation where a man might drug your drink, you might be at risk in other ways.

    That said–I seriously do not understand so-called advocates against rape who rail against women trying to protect themselves. NO DUH, rapists shouldn’t rape. A potential victim cannot stop a rapist from raping, but might–MIGHT–be able to lower the risk for becoming a victim.

    It’s like heart disease. Should we excoriate people who have had a heart attack? Do we say it’s their fault? Of course not! However, we do encourage people to lead a healthy lifestyle, eat lots of fruits and vegetables, etc in the hope that this might lower their risk of heart disease. Obviously, healthy-living people succumb to heart disease, and sedentary people who think potato chips are a health food can live into their nineties in excellent health; however, it’s a question of risk management.

  2. False Rape Accusations and Made Up Numbers permalink

    By the date-rape nail polish are you referring to this invention?

    http://www.dallasnews.com/news/local-news/20140915-could-a-new-nail-polish-help-north-texas-women-avoid-date-rape-drugs.ece

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